A Chanukah message from Luke Foley

December 3, 2017 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The leader of the Opposition in the NSW parliament Luke Foley sends a Chanukah message…

Luke Foley

As the Australian Jewish community and its many friends mark Chanukah we celebrate again the many truths from the Festival of Lights.

Because in ancient miracles we find everlasting truths and modern approaches that serve all our lives well.

Twenty-two centuries after the first chapter of the joyful Chanukah story was enacted the story of the Maccabees military victory over the mightiest army at the time has profound resonance today.

Not the military aspect but from the spirit and belief that led to the reclaiming of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration, and the rekindling of the menorah lights.

We see how a small group can by dedication and steadfastness overcome overwhelming opposition, against all odds.

We learn how a little can go a long way and how to make the most of what little we have. Based on the lesson of Judah the Maccabee ordaining the careful use of the single cruse of uncontaminated olive oil, making it last eight days until a new batch was prepared.

The Menorah is lit and placed in a widow or doorway for a reason. So that its light can shine outwards, from families to the community and the world at large, to friend and foe alike.

The absolute proof that light does drive out darkness.  An eight day festival where goodness drives out prejudice and hatred and offers hope and compassion to the needy whoever and wherever they are.

In Australia, our Jewish friends are outstanding examples of living that belief. Your role and involvement from the very beginning of modern Australia has been both significant and positive.

We are pleased and honoured to join with you in re-dedicating our lives in the spirit of this festival.

And to wish all in the community a Happy Chanukah.

Chag Sameach.

Luke Foley MP

Leader of the NSW Opposition.

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